House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to honor baseball legend Willie Mays on his 90th birthday on Thursday, but those plans were initially flawed after the 81-year-old pol tweeted a smiling photo of herself – and Willie McCovey.
McCovey, another Black Hall of Famer for the San Francisco Giants, also performed around the same time as Say Hey Kid. Pelosi apparently has smiling images of herself with the two men, and the spurious photo was quickly replaced with a photo of her with Mays.
McCovey died in 2018 at the age of 80, shortly after his marriage to his girlfriend Estela Bejar.
“Happy 90th birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays. Pioneering and record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader and champion of sports and youth well-being, Willie Mays is a civic legend and a national treasure. # SayHey90, ” Pelosi said, also sharing a longer statement touting his accomplishments.
It is not known how long the error existed on the President’s Twitter timeline. His office quickly resolved the issue of an employee error.
“A staff member inadvertently selected the wrong photo for the tweet,” the Pelosi team said in a statement to KCBS Radio. “The photo we wanted to use was of the President and Willie Mays at Willie McCovey’s wedding in August 2018. The quickly deleted photo was the wrong photo from the right wedding. We apologize for the mistake. “